The Orlando Sentinel: Expect More From Students

April 24, 2005

Expect more from students

Robert Moll, an area superintendent for Volusia County schools, was the keynote speaker at the Deltona YMCA/Latino Achievers gala dance.

Moll’s speech made my heart leap for joy. First he gave statistics stating that Latinos and blacks scored lower on academic tests than other races. I expected to hear the typical liberal pap about the tests being unfair to minorities. To my surprise, Moll challenged the mostly Latino audience to “raise the bar” for their children, turn off the TV, encourage them to read, study and work harder.

Spontaneously, I applauded and cheered Moll for his empowering challenge.

“Raise the bar! Raise the bar!” Sounding like the Paul Revere of education, Moll’s commanding cry filled the banquet hall.

I’m reading the book Reallionaire by Farrah Gray, a 19-year-old black male from the ghetto who made his first million at age 14.

Here’s a quote from his book: “My mother planted a tiny yet powerful seed in me before I was born: that I could become and do anything I set my heart and mind to. Thank God I believed her.”

Gray’s mom, a single mom living on public assistance in the ghetto, raised the bar for her son. She expected more of him, and he exceeded her expectations. Being a minority myself, what so offends me about liberalism is its compulsion to expect and almost encourage little from us.
May Moll’s challenge be accepted by Latinos and blacks across our great nation. It’s time to raise the bar.

Lloyd Marcus